Aggressive and impaired driving permits the possibilities of a collision to skyrocket. Thus, risking the lives of others as well as your own. Contrary to popular belief, impaired driving is not solely to operate a vehicle when intoxicated or overtaken by illicit substances but it is defined as operating a vehicle under the influence of fatigue, drugs or alcohol. Therefore, if a driver is impaired they have the ability to drive aggressive or more dangerous than usual. Aggressive driving can range anywhere between speeding, tailgating, following too close, excessive lane changes and verbal abuse towards another driver or pedestrian.
Additionally, Collision statistics reveal that 27% of fatalities and 19% of serious injuries involve speeding. Also, Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are a leading criminal cause of death in Canada. On average, approximately 4 people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. Hence, if drivers learn or are taught to drive responsibly our roads will become much safer and will reduce the amount of fatalities caused by impaired and/or aggressive driving. Even one drink can decrease your ability to reaction time to things that happen suddenly while you are driving. The effects of alcohol include blurred or double vision, impaired attention and slowed reflexes.
Furthermore, the warn range when drinking alcohol is between 0.05 and 0.08, you will face provincial administrative penalties if caught driving when your BAC is between this range even though the legal amount is 0.08. Drugs can also impair your ability to drive as well as driving while on drugs is illegal. This is true for both illegal drugs and prescription or over-the-counter medication. The worst penalty for impaired driving convictions is after the third or subsequent time being criminally convicted. Drivers convicted after the third or more instance must attend a mandatory education or treatment program, variable interlock periods, a 120-day minimum jail sentence, a fine and a lifetime license suspension (which can be reduced to ten years if certain conditions are met). Correspondingly, aggressive drivers may also face penalties if convicted such as, a fine between $2,000 to $10,000, a licence suspension for up to ten years for a second conviction within ten years, the accumulation of six demerit points and a maximum of six month in jail. Programs and organizations for instance, MADD and OSAID have been created because of the rise of dangers when driving due to impaired and aggressive driving. Their purpose is to educate young drivers/ teens of the safety hazards they may face when driving.